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School of History

HST5351 - Contemporary Art and Society

This module is an introduction to the socio-historical context and artistic production from 1965 to the rise and fall of Saatchi's Young British Art and today's contemporary art.

Module code: HST5351

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

Module Convenor: Dr Chloe Ward

In the second half of the twentieth century, artists began to ask a fundamental question: should art exist in isolation from the social world or should art directly confront issues in contemporary society? In their search for answers, artists developed a variety of new movements and styles that have dominated the art world since 1950, addressing issues from consumerism to inequality. This QMUL Model module will trace the history of these new artistic practices, including Pop Art, feminist art, and the Young British Artists. Students reflect on the representation of artists who are female, gender non-conforming or from Africa, Asia, South Asia, and South America in politics, art, film, and pop culture, and analyse the impact of gender and ethnic inequality on the study of art history. The module makes use of the rich art collections on offer in London, with seminars taking place at Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

Assessment: Essay (2,500 words) 50% and Slide Test 50%
Level: 5